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Ex-Diapers.com CEO raises $55M for Jet, looks to battle Amazon with new online ‘shopping experience’

Amazon.com made a bold move three years ago, buying the parent company of Diapers.com for a reported purchase price of more than $500 million. Last year, technology journalist Brad Stone — writing in his book The Everything Store — uncovered some of the heavy-handed tactics that Amazon utilized to take over the fast-growing upstart. Now,… Read More

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In shift from Lockerz, fashion startup Ador raises more cash

Ador will soon be taking the wraps off of its new fashion shopping service. But the company, which emerged from heavily-funded social networking site Lockerz earlier this year, first is raising some fresh capital. The company has pulled in an additional $8.9 million in venture funding, according to a SEC filing today. Ador CEO Mark… Read More

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Jason Goldberg’s Amazon-rival Fab lays off more than 100

Things seemed to be flying high this past June for Fab when the New York-based e-commerce upstart raised $150 million at a reported valuation of $1 billion from Andreessen Horowitz, Atomico and Chinese Internet powerhouse Tencent. But then came layoffs a month later when 100 employees were let go in Berlin. And today comes another round of job cuts, as Fab… Read More

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RadioShack, Staples pull plug on Amazon Lockers

Well, that didn’t last long. Staples and RadioShack are pulling the plug on their 11-month-old experiment around Amazon Lockers, the program that allows customers to order goods online at Amazon and then pick them up at locker units at the brick-and-mortar stores. Bloomberg BusinessWeek has the scoop on the end of the partnerships, with a spokesperson… Read More

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Amazon vet’s robot-powered apparel startup partners with Levi’s, opens Manhattan store

Nadia Shouraboura knew she had a good idea when she debuted her robot-powered apparel shop, Hointer, this past November in Seattle. Now, it appears others are starting to take notice of the technology that may change how we shop for clothes. This week, Hointer helped open a Levi Strauss pop-up store in Lower Manhattan, marking the 10-month-old… Read More

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Point-of-sale software maker MerchantOS acquired by Lightspeed

LightSpeed, a Canadian software company that helps retailers manage their in-store shopping experience, today announced the acquisition of Olympia-based MerchantOS. LightSpeed will utilize MerchantOS’ cloud-based point-of-sale and inventory management software. Previously, LightSpeed required customers to own Apple products to run its software. But now with MerchantOS, LightSpeed will offer a new web-based service called LightSpeed Cloud… Read More

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Amazon vet’s robot-powered apparel startup now beating Amazon prices, partners with Google Shopping

Back in November, Hointer seemed like a pretty cool idea when we first checked out the robot-powered apparel startup in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. At the time, former Amazon exec and Hointer founder Nadia Shouraboura expressed her desire to revolutionize how we shop for clothes. Eight months later, Hointer is making strides towards that goal, with new… Read More

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Buying the best baby stroller: Decide.com unveils new baby gear category in major push to reach 100 million products

As recent parents certainly can attest, it can be absolutely mind-numbing attempting to find the best value on baby products like cribs, strollers, car seats and play pens. I know in our family, we’ve spent hundreds of shopping hours trying to track down the best and most durable kids’ products. (The best of which being… Read More

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Ex-Jobster founder Jason Goldberg pivoting Fab, this time challenging Amazon

Those in the Seattle startup community may remember Jason Goldberg. The former T-Mobile manager and White House aide was one of the more colorful characters in this community and co-founded the online recruiting startup Jobster in 2003, which eventually tanked. Now, though, Goldberg is making moves with his New York City-based online shopping site, Fab.com. The company… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Cart Blanche wants to be the TripAdvisor for the shopping mall

Cart Blanche founder Joel Espelien is trying to change the way you shop at the local mall, combining the best of social networking technologies with the brick-and-mortar retail experience. His new startup, which is launching Friday at the Northwest Entrepreneur Network’s First Look Forum, allows shoppers to rate, review and share  the items they find on the… Read More

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Amazon vet’s robot-powered apparel startup expanding to downtown Seattle, Silicon Valley, Las Vegas

Things are moving fast for Nadia Shouraboura, the former Amazon exec who’s now running Seattle’s newest men’s clothing store that’s powered by robots and your smartphone. Hointer opened up its debut store just above Wine World in Wallingford last fall and is now expanding to downtown Seattle, Silicon Valley and Las Vegas. “It is so much fun,”… Read More

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Amazon targets aging baby boomers, unveils specialty store for those 50 and older

Amazon.com’s latest speciality store doesn’t have a nice ring to it. In fact, it is a bit a mouthful. But it certainly represents a big market opportunity. The company today unveiled its new 50+ Active and Healthy Living Store — a one-stop destination for nutrition, wellness, exercise, medical, entertainment and other items specifically geared for those 50 and… Read More

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Nordstrom’s e-commerce bet pays off big

Over $1 billion in direct sales. That’s what Nordstrom raked in according to their fiscal year 2012 report, a first in the company’s history. Overall sales grew by 12.1 percent year-over-year with e-commerce achieving an impressive 37 percent growth. Those numbers put Nordstrom 4.8 percent ahead of comparable retailers according to Internet Retailer. Why the success? Understanding that if… Read More